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Editor:

Recent news is encouraging the supporters of wind turbine-generators - favorable economic examples abound.

With oil above $115 per barrel and gasoline prices escalating towards $3.50 per gallon, the economic benefits of using free wind have become overpowering. Compounding fossil fuels' never-ending increases, KeySpan announced their natural gas price will go up by 27% from May through October.

Meanwhile, encouraging news of new land wind turbines counters these steady fossil fuel price increases. For example:

  1. Upper Cape Tech in Bourne plans to construct an approximately 0.9 (0.6 to 1.25) megawatt wind turbine. On April 9th, the high school committee decided to investigate spending about $2 million, which will be quickly paid off - in 8 to 10 years. A feasibility study concluded this new turbine will eliminate $160,000 annually of school electricity cost, and obtain new income from New England's electrical grid for unused electricity generated;
  2. Massachusetts Maritime Academy's existing wind turbine has already saved $250,000 to $300,000 annually, so MMA is now considering another turbine. MMA president Admiral Richard Gurnon stated, "We either exploit this abundant and free (wind) resource or we continue to send billions of dollars to despotic regimes that hate us and use our money to buy weapons to shoot at us.";
  3. Falmouth is working to install a 1.5 megawatt wind turbine at their Waste Water Treatment Plant. Funding has been approved by Falmouth voters - the project is both technically and financially sound, and also has State support.

Regarding even more productive offshore wind turbines, despite formed-in-2004 Netherlands company Blue H pushing locally their .08 megawatt (a mere 2.2% of a Cape Wind turbine's output) experimental platform off Italy's coast, it is Massachusetts' Cape Wind, not foreign Blue H, which is key to solving our fossil fuel caused economic and health problems within a reasonable time period.

Jim Liedell
Yarmouth Port, MA

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